Kirk Hammett confirmed earlier news that Metallica are recording their new studio album, but he also noted

that it’s too early and people shouldn’t make conclusions based on what they read, because there is a lot of work to be done yet. “It’s heavy”, said Hammet to, “we’ve got some heavy stuff going. It delivers on that front, for sure. You know, I would say a lot of it is along the lines of ‘Death Magnetic’. A lot of it seems to be going along those lines. But, you know, with social media now and everything else, I’m a little bit wary to comment too much on the album, because then people pick up on it. Then people think that that’s the final definitive statement on what this album is, or how much of it is done, or what it sounds like or whatever — and that’s not really the case. It’s not accurate. [Laughs] We’re still working on it.” He also said that’s crucial that the band can work on its own pace with no pressure: “Let me just say that I’m grateful that we’re at a point where we can put out an album at our own pace, because there’s just so much other stuff that takes up Metallica time that’s maybe not as equally as important, but just as relevant”.